This article will explain where international students who wish to start a business can receive advice and guidance.
Students on a Tier 4 visa are not allowed to start a business or be self-employed in the UK. nest, the University's Student Enterprise Team can support international students interested in business start-up by offering a range of free start-up courses and support to help develop an idea however you are not allowed to start trading.
Before you start up a business in the UK come along to an Enterprise Clinic as there are limitations on setting up a business if you are an international (non-EU) student. Please check Purple Door for details and times of the Enterprise Clinics.
We can help with:
While studying we can support your startup development but you are not allowed to start trading.
Please refer to UKVI for more details on eligibility of starting a business whilst studying.
Starting a business in the UK upon graduation
The Tier 1 Graduate Entrepreneur Visa is for non-EEA international graduates (currently on a Tier 4 Visa) who have a viable, genuine and credible business idea that they want to put into practice in the UK. The University of Portsmouth is one of the endorsing institutions for this visa, and requires applicants to meet the following criteria in full. Applicants must be students or graduates of the University of Portsmouth.
PLEASE NOTE: These are guidelines and could change without notice. Further information about eligibility, as well as the application form and guidance notes can be found at the UKVI website.
More information and full details of the process can be found on My Purple Door.
Students and graduates should make initial enquiries to the nest team by attending an Enterprise Clinics, please check Purple Door for details and times. Appointments to meet with one of the enterprise advisers can be made by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
How to contact us
Visit us at:
University of Portsmouth
28 Guildhall Walk
Telephone or email:
t: +44 (0) 23 9284 2684